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View from My Room

View from My Room

View from My Room

Christian Science Building and Prudential Tower

John Hancock Building in John Hancock Tower

John Hancock Tower

John Hancock Tower and Trinity Church

Reflections

Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall

Old State House

View from Our Room

View from Our Room

View from Our Room

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Chicago Tribune Tower

Drawbridge Control Booth

Black Crowned Night Heron

Windy City Gull

Windy City Gull

Merchandise Mart

Marina City

Fountain

Fireboat

Ups and Downs of the Week

Home Again – We had a great trip to the UK, but after nearly two weeks away, it’s good to be home.

  Head Colds – Sarah and I both picked up colds heading home from the UK. Ugh.

  Red Sox – This pathetic season is finally over. What a waste of money this team has proven to be.

We spent a good part of the day in the Charing Cross/Leicester Square/Trafalgar Square area. I took the opportunity to try out some candid shot of Londoners.

City of Cell Phones

City of Cell Phones

City of Cell Phones

City of Cell Phones

City of Cell Phones

City of Cell Phones

I also have some shots of the city itself, of course.

Big Ben

Spires

Charing Cross Train Station and Parliament

Trafalgar Square

Statue of Admiral Nelson

Some shots from the Roman Baths.

Roman Baths

Roman Baths

Roman Baths

And the impressive cathedral.

Bath Abbey

Just a few pics from our tour of Glastonbury Abbey today. More to follow.

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey

Ups and Downs of the Week

We’re in England this week and next, so I’m hoping for no downs. Here are some pics from today.

We were driving on the A303 on our way to Stonehenge today and we were famished. We saw a sign for The Swan Inn that claimed they had great food. We decided to take a chance and turned off the highway. The road took us through a small town called Barton-Stacey and there was The Swan Inn. Very much a small village pub type place. The new owner greeted us and had us ordering pub sandwiches in minutes. Sarah had cheddar and tomato chutney and I had haddock and fries. The sign was correct, great food and excellent coffee. What I wouldn’t give for a place like this near us in IL.

The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn

Then it was on to Stonehenge. I have many pics, but I don’t have time to process them all right yet. Here’s one, though. Big day here tomorrow with it being the Autumnal Equinox. I’m not sure what the average crowd is at Stonehenge, but it was quite busy today.

Stonehenge

We made it to our B&B in Glastonbury just before nightfall. Very nice place called Chestnuts. This is the view from our room.

Chestnuts B&B

Inside the new Disney California Adventure Park is an area they call Radiator Springs, which comes from the Disney Pixar movie Cars. The sandstone background is very impressive and makes you think you’re in Nevada somewhere. The background scenery wraps around a new ride and really gives a sense of depth and distance.

Radiator Springs

Radiator Springs

Radiator Springs

Yet on the outside, which we can see from our hotel balcony, the set is not that big. The visual magicians at Disney have just figured out a way to make you think the rocks are way in the distance. Pretty impressive.

Disney behind the scenes.

Too many shots for the larger thumbnails, so click away.

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Disney Magic

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